Use this app for a virtual public art tour

Get to know the stories behind 11 Scottsdale public artworks as you take your own guided tour with a new augmented reality app.

Through the mobile app Hoverlay, viewers can hold their phone up to a participating artwork and watch animated video of artists and dignitaries share the behind the scenes story of each piece.

The feature was first introduced during Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence in November.

“With these new AR features, people can find out more about the artworks than they would get from a simple plaque,” Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections for Scottsdale Public Art, said in a press release.

Raisanen is among the AR figures that appear near the artworks.

“It was fun to tell stories about the public art in front of the green screen, and then see my avatar talking on the screen of my phone,” she said.

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